This article draws parallels between analytical and continental
approaches to ontology. It begins with a summary of nothingness
from the standpoint of analytical philosophy. It then expands
towards the Sartrean notion of nothingness and our own experiential
intuitions of absence, extending then into what is missing in our lives
as existentially distressing; concerning, in this instance, what is missing
through the protracted absence of a dead loved one. Finally,
disturbing and possibly traumatic encounters with absence are seen
to have major consequences for our existential sense of being-in-the-
world, where the for-itself manifests as a being of lacks, often
eschewing thetic knowledge, where encounters through human consciousness
may anticipate pathological withdrawal from the world.
This is a situation that Anglo-American proponents of logico-linguistic
analysis cannot adequately account for.